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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - SD: Education

Agriculture may be the top industry in South Dakota, but kids who aren't from farm families may not be aware of where their food comes from. (sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A survey two years ago found that one in five grade-school children didn't know where their food came from – and today, a South Dakota education program is trying to change that. Ground Works Midwest is a nonprofit that has introduced "Agriculture in the Classroom,"

Of countries with at least 10 million people, only Yemen has more mass shootings per capita than the United States. (momsdemandaction.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Standing room only is now the norm at meetings for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, following the school shooting that left 17 dead in Florida last month. The group, which has a South Dakota chapter, was started in 2012 by Shannon Watts, after 20 children and

Opponents say the so-called school choice movement will divert money from public schools. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota public school boosters have the policy known as school choice, and its potential expansion, on their radar screens and are gearing up to push back in the upcoming legislative session. Since assuming office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made a big push

South Dakota ranks 21st for child well-being, according to a report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Craig Springer/USFWS)

PIERRE, S.D. – What would it take to make South Dakota the best state for children? The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual data book measures child well-being in four areas: economic well-being, health, education, and family and community. And a new report from South Dakota KIDS COUNT crunc

This year, South Dakota joins 34 other states that require high-school students be trained in hands-on CPR in order to graduate. (American Heart Association)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota high schools are gearing up for the new CPR law effective July 1, and organizations are helping out with training kits. The new state law requires high-school students to receive hands-only CPR training in order to graduate. So, the American Heart Association has

Children at M&M Day Care in Huron are among those benefiting from the use of early childhood education to integrate refugees from Myanmar into the community. (M&M Day Care)

HURON, S.D. – The small town of Huron in East Central South Dakota has become a heartwarming example of how early childhood education can bring a community together. Nearly a decade ago, Dakota Provisions began recruiting refugees from Myanmar to work in its turkey processing plant in Huron.

South Dakota is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool education. (LucÚlia Ribeiro/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Although two pieces of legislation on early childhood education were deferred to the 41st legislative day, South Dakota advocates for young children say they're optimistic because the topic is now on the table. Senate Bills 155 and 156 would have established an early-childhood

South Dakota teachers are hitting retirement age faster than young teachers can be recruited. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. -- A sales tax increase passed by the Legislature in 2016 gave South Dakota teachers substantial raises. That in turn helped schools recruit the teachers they needed to fill vacancies. Now, a report from the state Department of Education shows most of the state's teachers are nearing re

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